Upcoming Webinars

19 May 2021, 8:30 am CDT/ 1:30 pm UTC/ 4:30 pm EAT

Online Training: Writing Creative and Stigma-Busting Proposals

Register for the upcoming inroads Proposal Writing Online Training for inroads members, focused on skill-sharing and sustainability of community-care work. 

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This training is for members who do not usually have any professional support to ideate, advise and reflect on their practices of proposal writing. In this training, participants will 1) discuss tendencies in philanthropy and donor-support in their regions 2) understand what it takes to find the right donor for their work 3) do a practical activity together of reading a successful proposal and possibly writing one together (that articulates in a values-centred way, describes engagingly the nuances of their abortion stigma-busting work, and creates a creative proposal). 4) There will also be space to build community around the frustration of presenting many proposals, the struggles of finding sustainable funding and other emerging areas of need. 

Note: This training is in English, on Zoom, using interactive slides and open to only 20 inroads members. Members who requested Technical Assistance around Proposal Development in our 2020 call will be given first preference. 

We have asked in the registration form for your language needs, if you need interpretation to another language do feel free to state it there. We are in the initial phases of building a pool of simultaneous interpreters, and we hope we can organise around our language needs. 

If you are one of the 20 members selected for this training, we request you to treat this as a solid confirmation of your attendance in the 3 hour session. In case you are unable to attend, please do let us know by mailing aditi@makeinroads.org before 17 May 2021 @ 12PM UTC, so that we can approve someone from the waiting list for the session. If there is an overwhelming response, we will organise similar sessions in the future. 

Read more about the our inroads member facilitator:

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Xiomara Carballo Briceño is an Afro- Costa Rican feminist, Human Rights activist, sexual and reproductive rights advocate, with more than 12 years of experience in transformative processes for social justice, through participatory methodologies, collective education, innovative activism, political advocacy, conscious leadership, strategic planning for social development and movement building, intercultural- intersectional approaches, trust and collective care based philanthropy with cooperation agencies and grassroots organizations and human right defenders across Latin America, Africa and Asia. She loves to consciously engage in, and create safe spaces for critical thinking, revolutionary work, radical healing, and continuous joy and laughter.

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Past Webinars

Spacious Solidarity Dialogue Narrative Change: Sharing our abortion stories as healing with Omodele Ibitoye and Maja Dimitrijevic

Join the conversation grounded in the values of mutual learning and relationship-building, between Omodele Ibitoye Ejeh (Initiative to Resist Institutional Slavery and Exploitation (iRISE), Nigeria) and Maja Dimitrijevic (Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), Serbia).

The discussants are inroads members who have been working in refugee contexts providing psychosocial counselling and using arts based methods such as theatre and voice to create a space for people to narrate their abortion stories. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!

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Omodele, is an activist , a counselling teacher with about 19 years of counselling experience. Omodele is the coordinator of One Billion Rising in Nigeria, she is the Founder of Initiative to Resist Institutional Slavery and Exploitation (IRISE), an organization that focuses on women’s sexual rights , reproductive health including women’s rights to safe abortion ,gender based violence. Through counselling her work has been able to help girls and women in rural, urban and crises areas tell their abortion stories for the purpose of emotional healing, in  collaborations with local governments, faith based organisations, grassroots organisations, international organisations, and women leaders, the organisation works to Influence policy, and achieve shifts in practice. Omodele has been actively working with women, girls, and communities against gender based violence and stigma around abortion.

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Maja works as a Program Assistant with organizational, program, and fieldwork focus at the Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health ( an IPPF member). She has been involved for 10 years in different types of work and activities related to human, women rights and gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and now with the focus on sexual and reproductive rights. Maja has a lot of experience in the systematic coordination of project activities related to migrant/refugee crises. In the last couple of years, Maja more specifically works on addressing issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights through managing project activities and strengthening dialogues and partnerships with different national, regional, and international nongovernmental stakeholders. Giving the experience she provided psychosocial and educational session support for vulnerable groups on which work she is very proud.

Spacious Solidarity Dialogue: Despenalización del aborto y el Cuidado comunitario

Las invitamos a un ‘Spacious Solidarity Dialogue’, basado en el valor de aprendizaje mutuo , entre Genesis Luigi (Venezuela), Regina Fonseca (Honduras) y Sara García Gross (El Salvador).

Los comentaristas son miembros de Inroads que han estado involucrados en la lucha por la despenalización del aborto en América Latina. Van a dialogar sobre el cuidado comunitario y los aprendizajes feministas desde varios anos trabajando por el cambio legal y contra el estigma al aborto.

¡Sintonice para escuchar sus experiencias, preguntas y sueños y únase a la conversación por un mundo libre de estigmas! Habrá espacio para que los participantes hagan preguntas, compartan e interactúen.

Mientras la sesión es en español, estamos arreglando interpretación al inglés.

Join the Spacious Solidarity Dialogue, grounded in the value of mutual learning, between Genesis Luigi (Venezuela), Regina Fonseca (Honduras) and Sara Garcia Gross (El Salvador).

The discussants are inroads members who have been involved in the struggle for decriminalising abortion in Latin America. They will dialogue from their multiple years of experience working for legal change and abortion stigma-busting about community care and feminist learnings from their movements.

There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and participate in the dialogue. 

(Note: While the session is in Spanish, we are arranging interpretation into English.)

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Génesis es una psicóloga conductual y social venezolana. Como mujer migrante y activista feminista, se especializa en derechos sexuales y reproductivos y en justicia reproductiva. Ha trabajado haciendo investigación, desarrollo de currículos en educación integral en sexualidad, e incidencia para organizaciones locales y globales destinadas a promover el acceso a la salud y la educación en América Latina y el Caribe. Génesis forma parte de la junta directiva del fondo de aborto por el aborto seguro. Actualmente está cursando un máster en Antropología Médica en el Graduate Institute de Ginebra e investigando sobre abortos autogestionados. Le encanta pasar el tiempo con su gata Gama, correr y comer café con pan.

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Sara García, Activista feminista. Psicóloga y máster en Derechos Humanos y democratización para América Latina y el Caribe, Integrante de la Agrupación Ciudadana por la despenalización del aborto en El Salvador.

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Regina Fonseca, feminista hondureña, psicologa de profesión, con maestría en población y desarrollo, de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras y postgrado en estudios de la Mujer de la Universidad Rafael Landivar de Guatemala. Integrante del Centro de Derechos de Mujeres.

Spacious Solidarity Dialogue: Reimagining Legal Change in Abortion

Join the conversation grounded in the values of mutual learning and community care, between Jasmine Lovely George (Hidden Pockets, India) and Rose Wakikona (CEHURD, Uganda).

The discussants are inroads members who have been boldly busting abortion stigma through their work of legal support and research around the abortion law, particularly working on access to services and information for young people. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!

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Jasmine is a Lawyer, a TEDx speaker,  is also founder of Hidden Pockets Collective, a non profit organization  for sexual and reproductive services for young people in India.  She is an award -winning researcher who has been part of movement building nationally and transnationally. Post covid, she has interest in conversations around alternative ways to talk about gender, technology and justice.   

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Rose is a lawyer with experience working in public interest litigation and Human Rights in and out of the courtroom. She specializes in SRHR and works to ensure that only progressive laws and policies on SRHR are passed and implemented in Uganda. She currently works with the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) as a Senior Program Officer in the Strategic Litigation program.She is also a part of the Legal Support Network which is a dedicated group of lawyers providing legal support to health workers providing safe abortion services in Uganda. She loves to read, talk and engage in somewhat polite debate.  

Spacious Solidarity Dialogue: Decriminalisation: Legal Change and Reimaginations with Na Young and Sulaiporn Chonwilai

Join the conversation grounded in the values of mutual learning and community care, between Na Young (SHARE, South Korea) and Sulaiporn Chonwilai (Tamtang, Thailand). The discussants are inroads members who have been boldly busting abortion stigma in Legal Change. They are part of movements and collectives working for abortion law change with a focus on reproductive justice, stigma-busting and inclusiveness for HIV positive and LGBTQ community.

There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!

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Sulaiporn or Noom is a lesbian feminist researcher, a HIV/AIDS and SRH rights activist  and a member of Tamtang Group in Thailand. “Tamtang” means “to construct the way” which has same spelling as the  word “Abortion” in Thai but different pronunciation. Noom has been involved with Thai LGBTIQ network since 1999, active in Women and HIV/AIDS issue since 2004 and joined Tamtang group since it started in 2010. She is also a consultant for Thai Positive Women Foundation and one of a Thailand’s Sexuality Studies Association committee. Her recent book and research are Sexuality in Siam : History of LGBTIQ in Thailand published in 2017  and  A Tamtang’s  Research for Abolish Section 301 Decriminalizing Women Who Had Abortion. 

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Na Young is an activist of South Korea. She is a co-founder of the ‘SHARE, center for Sexual RigHts And Reproductive JusticE’ and a co-chair of the ‘Joint Action for Reproductive Justice’. She has been working for the decriminalization of abortion since 2010 when the abortion issue has emerged as a social agenda in South Korea. She launched ‘Joint Action for Reproductive Justice’ in 2017, and founded ‘SHARE, center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive JusticE’ in 2019 with other activists, lawyers, doctors, and researchers. She contributed a paper ‘The Role of Reproductive Justice Movements in Challenging South Korea’s Abortion Ban’ to the Health and Human Rights Journal in 2019 with Sunhye Kim and Yurim Lee.
Her main interests are in SRHR, queer activism, religious fundamentalism, reproductive justice movement, and glocal activism.

BYOQ(Bring Your Own Questions) about Hosting an Online Session with inroads

We are inviting inroads members to host online sessions (dialogues, webinars or workshops) around key thematic areas in the network, as a way to build deeper understandings, center experience and creatively strategize ways to bust abortion stigma.The goals of these online sessions are skill-sharing and relationship-building. We encourage members to pitch sessions that involve both “discussing” the goals and learnings of a part of their work AND “demonstrating” these through a collective activity. As online sessions are envisioned to be mutual learning spaces, we encourage members to take time to plan them out to be as interactive and participatory as possible.

Inroads staff will review the proposals submitted, and select only the sessions that fit into the ongoing activities of the network, align with network values and build towards the long term goals of the network. In the current moment, the network is particularly inclined to support proposals that work on:

  • Accompanying abortions: Doulas, Hotlines, Telemedicine and Community Models of Care
  • Narrative Change: Storytelling and Centering Experience in abortion stigma-busting
  • Decriminalisation and Legal change and Transformation
  • Disability justice: Accessibility and Authentic Engagement

If you have any questions about Hosting an Online session, do Attend the BYOQ (Bring Your Own Question) session with inroads staff .

Spacious Solidarity Dialogue: Storytelling, Centering Experience and Narrative Change

We invite you to a dialogue, grounded in the values of mutual learning and community care, between Camila Ochoa Mendoza (Abortion, with Love podcast) and Renee Bracey Sherman (We Testify, USA). The discussants are inroads members who have been boldly busting abortion stigma in Storytelling, from centering the leadership and voices of people who have abortions to shifting the media narrative around abortions, to creating their own podcasts to reclaim the ways we talk about abortions.  There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!

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Camila is a reproductive justice activist and researcher. She is the creator of the podcast Abortion, with Love, and her work is dedicated to destigmatizing abortion, and advancing access to comprehensive reproductive care for all people. 

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Renee is a reproductive justice activist, abortion storyteller, strategist, and writer. She is the founder and executive director of We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions and share their stories at the intersection of race, class, and gender identity. She is also an executive producer of Ours to Tell, an award-winning documentary elevating the voices of people who’ve had abortions.

Spacious Solidarity Dialogues: Accompanying abortions with Doulas and Hotlines

We invite you to a spacious dialogue, grounded in the values of mutual learning and community care, between Ika Ayu (Samsara, Indonesia) and Isabel Perez (YCSRR, Venezuela/Argentina). The discussants are inroads members who have vast experience as acompañantes working closely alongside people’s abortion experiences and also running hotlines for self-managed abortions. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, dreams for a stigma-free world!

Isabel is a young venezuelan migrant woman living in Argentina, she’s a social psychologist specialized in Sexual and Reproductive Rights. She’s a medical abortion doula and an international sexual and reproductive rights advocate member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), where she’s the current Chair of the Board of Directors.

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Ika works together with Samsara, a feminist organization in Indonesia who focus in Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and safe abortion. Samsara’s vision is to create a world without discrimination where everyone’s sexual and reproductive rights are fully recognized, respected, and fulfilled. She is a passionate activist in various feminist networks.

Online Facilitation- a training for inroads members (Registration now closed)

Connection, communication, and solidarity are key elements to busting abortion stigma. Due to the current pandemic, inroads members who typically gather in person with colleagues and comrades are using online spaces to connect with each other. 

While more and more online possibilities are flourishing, there are still many challenges that we face in terms of facilitating safe, accessible, intimate and secure spaces. The inroads team also constantly tries to bring the magic of in-person gatherings to online spaces, yet we do find that facilitating online spaces is unique and something we could train ourselves better towards

Keeping this in mind, the inroads team has organised a two hour training on Online Facilitation tools and techniques designed specifically for inroads members. This is an interactive training, where participants are encouraged to connect via a laptop, and communicate any accessibility needs with the facilitators beforehand. As a lot of the training will be designed based on the registrants, we ask that you treat your registration as a commitment, and inform us in case you need to drop out.

This training will be facilitated by Bianca Campbell and Maria Abigail Santos. Here are their bios:

Bianca is an upbeat, heart-led coach (and recovering workaholic) experienced in helping people conjure more of what they want and deserve out of their career and activism. During their nine years doing reproductive justice work, Bianca has supported small organizations and over 50 activists of color navigate burn out, imposter syndrome, setting realistic work paces, and compassionate team management. Follow @spektrawellness on Instagram. 

Born in the Philippines, Maria immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old, settling with her family in Arizona and eventually moving to San Francisco, CA in high school. Maria earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies. Since 2010, she has worked with multiple community-based organizations in San Francisco providing support and facilitation of services ranging from after school enrichment programs to workforce development training for young people. In 2016, Maria shifted to movement building and advocacy work. Currently, she is the Movement Building Coordinator at Forward Together, a US-based organization that ensures all families have the rights, recognition and resources to thrive. Maria is passionate about Filipino food, baked treats and envisioning new ways to do work that is joyful, sustainable and based in abundance.

inroads indepen-dance party!

As of September 1 2020, inroads is a full independent non-profit organisation. After 6 years of partnership, inroads will no longer be hosted by Ipas. The members of inroads are why the network exists: to share resources, energy and collaborations in order to take on entrenched stigma and discrimination. We want to celebrate this new step with all of us! Please register below for the inroads Indepen-dance (a virtual celebration) on October 14 2020, 14:30 GMT.